The Graduate School of Management was instrumental in my successful career transition from a marketing manager at an e-commerce company to the international financial services industry. Today, I manage institutional marketing efforts in the U.S. and Canada for BlackRock—a $3 trillion global asset management firm.
The Graduate School of Management has opened so many doors and pushed me to do more than I ever thought possible. The professors are simply outstanding, constantly challenging and encouraging us to strive for the best. And my classmates—bright and supportive—are an integral part of the UC Davis MBA experience. It’s a fast-paced, exciting program that’s taking me to the next level.
Intern in AutoCAD LT Channel Research Product Marketing–PSEB Platform, Autodesk, Inc., San Francisco, Calif.
I came to the Graduate School of Management with a deep desire to expand my business knowledge beyond marketing. The relationships I’ve made, the courses and leadership workshops, and the outstanding professors have encouraged me to excel. If you’re ready to challenge yourself and take advantage of all the opportunities offered, the UC Davis MBA experience will absolutely reward you.
Sales Analyst: E-Commerce and Digital Marketing Intern, The Clorox Company, Oakland, Calif.
Our MBA Consulting Center brings together companies and highly qualified UC Davis MBA students. Companies are invited to propose a field study project. Once approved by the Consulting Center’s faculty director, the project is assigned to a team of MBA students whose strengths and interests match the company’s specific needs. The team then assists the company by defining and solving strategic problems, enhancing the organization’s effectiveness or exploring business opportunities.
I greatly appreciated working with the UC Davis MBA team, and was able to witness their dedication, professionalism and high academic standards.
Laurence Nguyen, Manager, Consumer PC Accessories, Hewlett-Packard Company
The company partner is expected to commit the necessary time and resources to the project. Companies are responsible for expenses incurred on their behalf, including, but not limited to, postage, printing and travel. The project helps students turn theory into practice while bringing their skills to bear on an important problem to be solved.
The typical field study last one academic quarter (10 weeks). The team meets regularly with the company partner and is aided by the guidance of a field study advisor. A written interim report is provided after five weeks; a final report and oral presentation responding to the project are presented in week 10 or 11.
Consulting work by UC Davis MBA students is as good as or better then any I’ve seen in the private sector.
Rob Cook, Deputy Director, Calif. Dept. of General Services
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Make Your Project a Reality:
- Step 1 – Complete a Project Proposal (PDF)
- Step 2 – Refine proposal with director, Professor Richard Dorf
- Step 3 – Companies are notified of selected projects
- Step 4 – Meet with student team and field study advisor
- Step 5 – Review interim report
- Step 6 – Finalize report
The students’ presentation was well prepared, well executed, and hit the proverbial mark with their Hewlett-Packard project sponsor. I sense that the Graduate School of Management will see more projects and support from HP in the future.
Marc Lowe, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Data Protection Solutions, Adaptec, Inc.
Field Study Advisor for Hewlett-Packard project
Project proposal deadlines
Companies are asked to submit project proposals before the following dates to be considered for each academic quarter:
The UC Davis MBA Consulting Center offers high-quality field study experiences to our MBA students who have completed (or nearly completed) the core courses. Students apply the business knowledge acquired in other courses to real-world situations.
Over the course of the project you apply the skills that you’ve learned in finance, accounting, marketing and statistics and then watch as your recommendations are actually implemented.
Bill Farnham, Class of 2006, MBA student consultant for WunderBar
The Center is led by Professor Richard Dorf as director and Assistant Dean James Stevens as administrator. They pre-qualify the most compelling field study opportunities for students each quarter.
Each quarter one or more field study projects are available to teams of students from both the Daytime and Working Professional MBA programs. Students may enroll in a 3-unit class (Management Practicum Course 498 or 499) after they have been approved as a team for a particular field study. No more than 6 units of 299, 498 and/or 499 coursework can be applied toward the MBA degree requirements.
The value of the MBA Consulting Center is hands-on, real-world experience combined with the excellent resources available to students such as the expertise of the field study advisors.
Paige Marino, Class of 2006, MBA student consultant for Genentech
A practicum course is either a professional skills course that provides students with skills that managers might benefit from having (team building, presentations, business writing, etc.), or a project course or applications course that does not follow a traditional academic curriculum or format. Workload expectations for each course will follow the Carnegie formula: at least 30 hours of work for each unit of credit per quarter, per student.